Bradley Beal on Jeff Green: ‘He’s Built Like LeBron and Almost Plays Like Him’

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 10: Bradley Beal #3, and Jeff Green #32 of the Washington Wizards plays defense against Andre Drummond #0 of the Detroit Pistons during a pre-season game on October 10, 2018 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Brian Sevald/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Washington Wizards signed forward Jeff Green this offseason, and Bradley Beal is clearly very excited about that addition. 

So excited, in fact, he compared him to LeBron James, arguably the greatest player on the planet.

“Jeff is a star, man, because he’s built like LeBron and almost plays like him,” he said Friday, per Fred Katz of The Athletic. “I think he can help us in multiple positions. He plays the 3. He plays the 4. We can put him at the 5. He’s comfortable there. So, his versatility is exactly what we need. It just makes our job and our life easy.”

The key word in that quote was “almost.” And even that seems like a pretty big stretch. Green may have a playing style similar to James, in some aspects, but the results for the two players have been incredibly different.

James is a three-time champion, 14-time All-Star and four-star MVP who is rightfully in the conversation for the best player in NBA history. And Green…well, Green once averaged 16.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.0 steals in a season, back in 2008-09. To put that in even more context, James has never averaged less than 20 points in a season. 

So yeah…”almost.”

As for whether Beal has ever shared his comparison with Green, he said he hadn’t.

“But I think he should know it in the back of his head, because they do a lot of similar stuff—in my head anyway—in terms of their build, their athleticism,” he noted. “Jeff’s special.”

Maybe. But he’s certainly not the King.

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October 12, 2018 at 11:51AM

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